Recent scientific studies have discovered what most practitioners of meditation already know – that a daily mindfulness practice actually changes your perspective and encourages feelings of positivity that help cope with stress. Brain scans have shown that areas of the brain responsible for well-being actually increase in density with regular daily meditation.
In the practice of meditation, the breath is a foundational tool used for creating the ability to generate feelings of calm, peace, bliss and joy.
When distracting thoughts race through your mind as you meditate, bringing your attention to your breath allows you to let them go. It is your breath that brings you to the present moment and that creates a conscious connection between your body, your heart and your mind.
As you pay attention to your breath in a meditation, here are some of the ways you are affecting your health and your personal growth:
Breathe In – Body Awareness
With each cycle of breathing, you can become more attuned to your body’s messages. Do you notice sensations of warm or cool as you inhale? Does it feel like your breath is sticking in places? What you experience is the wisdom of your breath carrying healing to any areas that need it. Your breath can help you break through the blocks and normalize the energetic flow within you for optimum health.
Breathe In – Relaxation
With every conscious breath in and out, you can invite calm to prevail. A regular rhythm of mindfulness breathing demonstrates how you can release tension and stress both during your meditative practice and in your life when external events spark anxiety and reactive behaviours.
Breathe In – Insight and Inner Guidance
The breath awakens your inner wisdom, creativity, knowledge and clarity. As you breathe, feelings of inspiration and love may arise. This is your true nature being revealed to you.
Breathe In – Inner Peace
As you quiet your thoughts with the breath, contentment, happiness and inner peace have the freedom to emerge. Notice how this peace rides into your consciousness on your breath.
Breathe Out – Let Go of Negativity
Let the breath carry any negative feelings, troubling memories or disrupting thoughts away from you. Rather than focusing on them, allow them to be released through the breath as they surface.
Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”
He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”
Meditation is a profound transformational exercise that offers limitless benefits if it is practiced regularly:
Your breath is the precision tool that opens you to deeply listen to your mind, body and spirit. Following your breath’s inner journey can show you the places within you that are lacking attention, need healing, and want love. It is the thread that can sew together a deeper realisation of the presence of God, the truth of your own Divinity and how you are an intimate and vital part of the Universal aliveness.
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